There was a time when the Channel Islands were a top holiday destination for Brits. Their popularity fell by the wayside when cheap package holidays to Spain became the summer holiday of choice for families. I’ve been to both Jersey and Guernsey now and can see why they were so popular – good weather, pretty lanes, interesting architecture, historical places of interest, and of course food!
Hopefully a new direct flight schedule from Edinburgh to Jersey will encourage people to make the trip, especially when the food is so good (worth the trip alone!)
The Club Hotel & Spa is a luxury five star boutique hotel in the heart of Jersey’s capital, St Helier.
The Club offers a variety of suites, a spa, outdoor pool, a sun terrace, and a michelin star restaurant and bar – for a short break you can’t ask for more. Despite the five star rating we found it really relaxed. We were blessed with lovely weather so were able to fully enjoy the sun terrace (picture below).
The rooms are spacious and well presented with large beds, and a well maintained en suite. The views are a little underwhelming as the hotel is set back from the seaside, but all the other features of the hotel more than make up for it.
There’s a large TV, a comfortable sitting area, and all the services you would expect from a five star hotel, including room service.
Breakfast is a laidback affair with a continental buffet element and an a la carte menu. Choose a table on the light and airy upper level, or one overlooking the pretty pool
We were really impressed with the sourcing and use of local ingredients and the standard of the dishes we chose. There was plenty of famous Jersey dairy, as well as Jersey Black Butter – a spicy apple marmalade that put me in mind of Christmas mince pies.
The omelettes were among the best we’ve ever had, and I discovered a new love for fried bread which was part of their Jersey Cooked Breakfast (pictured below).
Having a spa on site was a real bonus and we began our spa day with a couple of treatments. Alex enjoyed his first ever Swedish Massage and was put completely at ease by his therapist. I decided to try something a bit different and went for the Aromatic Fusion. This was a 55 minute treatment that fused together massage techniques from the East and West with specially selected aromatherapy oils.
Following our treatments we spent some time in the Relaxation Room and in the indoor heated pool. We were the only ones there and made full use of the Thermal Suite which includes a Herbal Steam Room, Salt Cabin, Experience Shower and Salt Pool.
Out and About in Jersey
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, but is still easily explorable. St Helier is the most built up area of the island but is good for shopping. We recommend buying a day ticket for the bus service and exploring the rest of the island. We took a trip to the Jersey War Tunnels which is a must see, and then onto Plémont where we discovered a fantastic beach and cafe. Our final evening was spent in St Aubin at the Salty Dog which had come recommended to us (if you go, don’t miss their fantastic sharing platter!)
Find out more about the Club Hotel & Spa, Jersey here.